Jazz for Weddings

Weddings are our speciality,
from timeless love songs to exciting swinging dance rhythms...

We pride ourselves in creating the perfect mood for your special day. We have a choice of line-ups to suit the occasion featuring talented musicians from the upper ranks of the UK Jazz scene.

Option 1

The Cate Cody Trio

Melodic and rhythmic Jazz Trio with vocals, piano and double bass. This option is sophisticated and compact so it's ideal where space is limited. Perfect for entertaining guests during the drinks reception, wedding breakfast or into the evening.

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Option 2

The Cate Cody Quartet

Add either drums or clarinet/saxophone to the Trio for our stylish Quartet. Drums are a must if you have a dance-floor or clarinet/saxophone adds melodic decoration for a compact quartet. There are two audio samples of the Quartet - the first features drums and the second features saxophone.

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Option 3

The Cate Cody Quintet

Reminiscent of the small swing combos formed in the 1930s, this line-up features voice, piano, double bass, drums and clarinet/saxophone. Dancing is positively encouraged, making the Quintet great evening entertainment for sophisticated youngsters and appreciative grandparents alike. In the words of a recent client "just the right mixture of laid back and fun!"

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"From the moment we first contacted Cate, we felt in safe hands. She paid close attention to all our requirements and is a true professional who will think of everything. Cate put us at ease and remained serenely calm, encouraging other guests to join us as we giggled through our first dance. The dance floor was full, with young and old having a fantastic time...."

Read more of our testimonials from recent weddings>>

Our style of Jazz is an ideal choice for a Wedding - from the light touch of the Trio to the exciting swing of the Quintet. We offer...

Talented Musicians - Cate Cody is one the UK's finest jazz singers with appearances at The BAFTA TV Awards, for Earl Spencer at Althorp, Park Lane Hotel Grand Ballroom and The Emirates Stadium. Her musicians are professionals from the top ranks of British Jazz having worked with Stacey Kent, Imelda May, Clare Teal, Acker Bilk , Digby Fairweather, George Melly, Blue Harlem, Georgie Fame and Kenny Ball and nearly all of the musicians are Jazz Award winners.

Experience - We have performed at hundreds of Weddings of different sizes and are consequently perfectly placed to assist you with planning the live music on your big day.

Professionalism - We will send you a quotation promptly and answer any questions that you may have. We are professional and efficient, punctual and smart and we are never too loud!

First Dance - To make your wedding day perfect, your special song can be played for the first dance. Popular requests include "La Vie En Rose", "It Had To Be You" and "The Way You Look Tonight". There is a large repertoire to choose from and we can offer advice on suitable songs with perfect words and the right tempo for you. Alternatively, with prior arrangement it may be possible for us to learn a new song or if there is a particular version of a song that you would like, we can play it through our PA.

Flexibilty - You may like the Trio for the Champagne Reception and the full band for Evening, or you may prefer a different combination of instruments or solo piano for an hour. Please ask..

If you are unsure that Jazz may not be for everyone, we have lost count of the number of times that people have said "I didn't think I liked Jazz, but I loved your music and I didn't realise how many songs I would recognise!"

Every wedding is unique. For further information contact us to discuss the entertainment for your Wedding or Civil Partnership.

1st dance for wedding couple to the jazz band

Feedback from Previous Clients

Laura and Andre, Cowley Manor, September 2017

The wedding party was kept entertained by era-inspired jazz music from The Cate Cody Quartet. The band went out of their way to learn 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' for the newly-weds' first dance.

"We knew early on that we wanted a band to play classic jazz, and Cate Cody was such a wonderful internet find. She has a magical singing voice, and her repertoire is 1930s jazz, which was in keeping with our various nods to Art Deco. We chose the quartet option - vocals, double bass, piano and drums. They were fantastic, and kept jazz lovers and haters alike on the dance floor for hours!"

"We asked Cate if her and the band would play 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' live for us. All of us being huge fans of the Nina Simone version, Cate promised they would practice and if they felt they could do it justice, they would. A few weeks later she emailed and said that their version sounded good. It was better than that - it was amazing! We've often danced to the song around our flat - it's a fun, happy love song with sweet lyrics."

Excerpt from the lovemydress blog by Eleanor Crossland

Hi Cate, A really huge thank you for performing at our wedding 3 weeks ago! You all did an amazing job and were just what we had hoped for. It was a really special day for us and everything we'd dreamed of. Many of our guests commented on your band and singing - you magically gauged things just right. Thank you so much and do pass on our thanks to the rest of the band - we have very fond memories of you all.

Cate and the Jazzcats played at our wedding in October 2012. They were friendly, professional and very flexible. I cannot recommend the band highly enough. The music was absolutely fantastic - so many of our guests, both young and old, commented on how brilliant they were and we've already had a number of people asking for their details so that they can book them for their events. Cate and her band really made our day that little bit more special and memorable.
Tiffany and Alastair

Cate, you really made our dreams come true! The sound track for our big day will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Thank you! From the moment we first contacted Cate, we felt in safe hands. She paid close attention to all our requirements and is a true professional who will think of everything. Cate put us at ease and remained serenely calm, encouraging other guests to join us as we giggled through our first dance. The dance floor was full, with young and old having a fantastic time. Guests and staff commented on how wonderful the band was. Make no mistake, Cate will give your event a degree of style and sophistication you didn't think possible. Cate, you helped make our wedding day truly magical. A thousand thanks.
Dave and Emma, July 2011

We just wanted to email you to thank you for your amazing performance on Saturday! Everyone at the wedding (especially my mum) loved the music and said it was the best wedding they've ever been too! I've already recommended you and your band to my cousin who is helping to plan a wedding next year! Thank you again, it wouldn't have been as much of a success without you and your band!
Lim + Charlotte

Just to say thanks for playing at our wedding. We had lots of good feedback saying how much people liked the music, just the right mixture of laid back and fun! Thanks again and best wishes,
Sian and Alfonso

Just wanted to say what a fantastic day we had. You and the band were absolutely brilliant and we have had a lot of people asking after you!!! It made it so memorable for us. Many thanks for everything.

Thank you to you and your crew for a fantastic night of jazz last night - we both thought you were amazing.

Thank you for helping to make our wedding such a special day. You and your band created the atmosphere which was perfect. We are huge fans, thank you again and please add us to your mailing list.

Our thanks to you and your band for the most wonderful jazz. We all loved your beautiful voice and the wedding guests really enjoyed dancing.

Just to say that we have received tremendous feedback on our wedding event, especially the music and the dancing. Thank you so much for contributing to the success of our wedding day.

Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. You were an absolute star and the band were brilliant. We will always remember our first dance! Thanks for being so cool.

Just wanted to drop you a note to say a massive thank you for playing so wonderfully at our wedding. All the guests commented on how beautiful you sounded and you really set the tone for the wedding.

We just wanted to say a big thank you for playing at our wedding. The music really set the tone for the whole reception and we had many comments from people about how much they enjoyed it. Thank you also for our first dance song - that was a real highlight for us Thanks Cate. You and the band were wonderful; so many of our guests said how fab the music was!

jazz for weddings covering Cotswolds, London & South East, Bristol, Surrey, Birmingham & Midlands, South West

Jazz singer Cate Cody and her musicians provide wonderful, timeless, sophisticated and elegant Jazz for weddings covering the Cotswolds, Bristol and the South West, London, Surrey and the South East, Birmingham, the Midlands, Cardiff and South Wales, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Manchester and Cheshire. For further afield and abroad, Contact Us to enquire about coverage and availability.